(AP Photo/Terry Renna)
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) The green flag is a few hours away for the Daytona 500.
Alex Bowman will start from the pole in the No. 88 Chevrolet that used to be driven by star Dale Earnhardt Jr., who is missing "The Great American Race" for the first time since 1999. Earnhardt will serve as grand marshal.
Other story lines to watch for the 60th running of NASCAR's premier event: